Spark Streaming and HBase tutorial


In this lab you will discover how to compile and deploy a Spark Streaming application and then use Impala to query the data it writes to HBase.

Applications that run on PNDA are packaged as tar.gz archives and pushed to an application repository. The tar archive contains all the binaries and configuration required to run the application.

You'll learn how to use the Deployment Manager API to deploy a package from the package repository and run it on the cluster.


Make sure you are familiar with the following before proceeding with the lab:

  • The getting started guide will introduce you to many concepts used in this lab.
  • The console is your starting point for interacting with a PNDA cluster. All of the main features of PNDA can be accessed from the console.
  • The Deployment Manager API provides a mechanism for discovering available packages and deploying & undeploying functionality. It works with a well-defined package structure to make it fast and straightforward to get real scalable analytics running on the platform.
  • Make sure that your package repository is correctly configured as described in the PREPARE phase depending your infra: AWS, OpenStack or server clusters.
  • The platform-package-repository tool lets you upload packages to OpenStack Swift.
    • Read the technical notes in the example repository.


Make sure you have the following installed on your development computer:

  • a REST client such as Poster
  • Maven 3.0.5 or later
  • Java 8

Running the application

Download the application code base

The PNDA distribution is available on GitHub at:


Clone the spark-streaming repository.

Compile with maven

mvn clean package

Upload the app package to the PNDA app repository

Use the platform-package-repository tool to upload the application tar.gz file to your application repository.

Run the application

Use the graphical interface in the console to deploy packages and start applications.

Producing test data

The technical notes in the example repository describe how to set up a test producer that will create suitable test data for consumption by this example application.

Understanding what the application is doing

The messages on Kafka are Avro encoded and look like this:

 src: "test-src"
 timestamp: 1453480869657
 host_ip: ""
 rawdata: "a=1;b=2;c=?;gen_ts=?
  • a and b are fixed
  • c is a varying integer value
  • gen_ts is the same as timestamp

The Spark Streaming app copies each message into an HBase row:

rowkey - shard_gen_ts_c

and inserts an extra column with the time at which the message was processed:


If you were to calculate proc_ts - gen_ts you would learn how long each message sat in the Kafka queue before being processed.

The shard part of the rowkey cycles between 0 and the setting hbase_shards used in the PUT body. This ensures that the writes to HBase are evenly distributed around the multiple region servers that comprise HBase.

The Spark Streaming code is located in:

streaming-app/src/main/scala/com/cisco/pnda/examples/spark/KafkaToHbaseApp.scala **TODO** check path

createPipeline sets up the processing graph with three main parts:

  • readFromKafka - calls KafkaUtils.createDirectStream to read from kafka
  • parseMessages - calls DStream.flatMap to apply parsing code to decode each message as read from kafka
  • writeToHbase - calls DStream.mapPartitions to write the parsed messages into HBase

You can learn more about these Spark Streaming API calls and the rest of the API by reading the Spark Streaming documentation.

Then the number of messages written in each partition are summed with a reduce call and the total number of messages written to HBase in a given batch is printed to the driver output:

writeCounts.reduce(_ + _).print(1);

You can see these log messages at "http://logstash-ip:logstash-port" with a query "logstash-query".

Checking the output

Compile the Client

Edit the in src/main/resources with the impala endpoint IP address and port number, then compile it with maven:

cd impala-jdbc-client
mvn clean package

Query the data

The supplied sample application executes the following SQL query to compute the average value of cf:c between two timestamps x and y:

select round(avg(cast(col as int)),2) as average from luke-skywalker-example_table where id between x and y

When you run the client you will see the query printed to the console, try to work out why the where clause is more complex in reality. Hint: it is to do with the shard part of the rowkey.

Metadata is defined in the hive metastore which maps the HBase columns onto SQL fields. This metadata is provisioned as part of the application package in the hbase.json file.

Only the SQL field that corresponds to the HBase rowkey can be considered indexed, and it is generally good practice to limit the quantity of data being considered with a where clause on that field.

java -cp target/impala-jdbc-client-1.0.jar:driver/Cloudera_ImpalaJDBC4_2.5.5.1007/* example_table 1453480869657 1453480869942

Cleaning up

If you no longer need it, you can stop the application and undeploy the package using the console.

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